The 2016 election didn’t go like that Live Saturday night used to hope. After weeks of infatuation with Donald Trump – and a year later the show has invited the presidential nominee to host – SNL Return to the wave on 12 November with a solemn cold opening. Kate McKinnon, as her version of Hillary Clinton, took to the stage performing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, which meant a Democratic candidate’s election failure was fatal. “I don’t give up, nor do you,” concludes McKinnon. Some critics call the serious moment “strong”;. Others call it total bs. Years during Trump’s presidency, most people decided “weird”.
The results of the 2020 election, although tense and long lasting for a week, did not produce the same response. On Saturday morning, former vice president Joe Biden was declared the winner of the competition. In the evening, but with enough lead time for SNL To get the documents, Biden went on stage to talk to the American people. President-elect and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris delivered a standout pair of speeches that countered President Trump’s aggressive rhetoric and focused on themes of unity, equality and Heal.
SNL Fill in some blanks, giving guest stars Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph all the space they need to celebrate. Biden and Harris didn’t take the stage to call Trump a big stinking loser. The SNL partners did – and Carrey even revived Ace Ventura’s looo-oooo-serrr-errrrrrr.
But what is Trump? The President has yet to admit the election, hoping to find some legal loophole that could make the vote in his favor, and SNL nod to the strange mission. Alec Baldwin returns – although there are only nearly three months left of Trump’s presidency, perhaps not the last – to present his impressions of the Commander-in-Chief, in all its glory. And for an equally odd, but supposed to see it coming, the authors of the moment SNL invited Trump to perform his own piano elegiac cover after his death. The song selection has been noted. Great if you want.